November 17th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Lieberman likely to keep top Democratic post, sources say

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sources tell CNN Sen. Lieberman will keep his committee chairmanship."]
(CNN) - Senate Democrats appear willing to let Sen. Joe Lieberman keep his powerful Homeland Security Committee chairmanship, even though the Connecticut independent campaigned vigorously for John McCain's White House bid, two congressional sources told CNN Monday.

Instead, Senate Democrats will likely strip Lieberman of his chairmanship of an environmental subcommittee - a considerably less prominent position than his homeland security post.

That outcome would be at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's initial intentions. Sources told CNN last week that Reid had informed Lieberman it was likely he would lose his chairmanship of the committee and instead assume a leadership post on a less prominent panel. Lieberman told
Reid that offer was "not acceptable," according to sources.

The Democratic caucus will formally meet Tuesday morning to hold a secret ballot vote on Lieberman's future, but the sources suggested the outcome of that vote may already be a foregone conclusion.

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  1. MR E

    Traitors dont have shame on there faces so does Lieberman. we the American people will come together and raise money for any one who is willing to challenge Lieberman in his next election. Make it $5 thats what i can afford , we need to vote him out

    November 17, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. jimbojim

    Harry Reid this will be sad mistake if you cater to the gibberish talking Lieberman. Kick him to heck out of you caucus and get on with what you Dems. were elected to do. Stand up for youself and your electorate or go back to Searchlight Nevada and run for Mayor.

    November 17, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Georgia PEach

    I am sick to death of Joe Lieberman's double dealing and double talking in the guise of being independent. Supporting the Republican ticket was one thing; trashing Obama another. Throw the bum out. This has nothing to do with working across the aisle –

    November 17, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Georgia PEach

    I am sick to death of Joe Lieberman's double dealing and double talking in the guise of being independent. Supporting the Republican ticket was one thing; trashing Obama another. Throw the opportunist out. Working both sides of the street is not the same thing as working across the aisle –

    November 17, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Jim

    Let's be honest with ourselves and each other.....something the politicians won't do. Joe Lieberman's loyalty to country and party is influenced by his loyalty to Israel. In itself, this is not a bad thing. They are friends and allies of ours. Even so, there have been (and will be) times when a lack of objectivity and a balance in the Middle East works to our own disadvantage. Joe Lieberman is not, cannot be, and will never be objective when it comes to Israel. His support for the Iraq war is a case in point. He jumped parties rather that support a position not popular in Israel. You can bet the ranch that if the situation were reversed, where Barack Obama was a "Hawk," Joe would have stayed on board.

    November 17, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. caribbean admirer of OBAMA

    I don't think that CNN will place my comment but I once already told the American People where this creep does belong!
    Drop him off in the Guantanamo Prison where he will be getting the treatment he deserves.

    November 17, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |



    November 17, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Karl Clark

    Benedict Arnold. Judas Iscariot. Dick Cheney. Liebernab. All Traitors!

    November 17, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Loony Lieberman

    Seems to me the demos can play this both ways and come out on top...let him stay in the party and give him a nice unimportant subcommittee to chair. I certainly cannot understand why they would let him be the Chair of a powerful committee like Homeland Security. Aren't those posts usually rewards for loyalty to your party and seniority? Lieberman lost the demo primary 2 years and then won as an independent only because the dimwitted republicans didn't want a real Democrat to win...then Joe the traitor has the nerve to show up at the repub coronation and question Barack's leadership skills (as though Lieberman has ever had any – choosing him as veep candidate was the reason Gore lost and the idiot Bush won)...if he wants to stay on the winning side then throw him a small bone, not a juicy steak. And if he doesn't like it then let him finish his term as a republican and become totally irrelevant- don't reward the disloyal fool!

    November 17, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Andrew

    The Democrats should give the post to a Democrat.

    November 17, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. kaz

    Let him go, he is opportunist. Joe will not add any value...

    November 17, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. kaushik jadunundun

    why would they it on someone who is already KO ...on the floor....let Lieberman go on his own...we dont want to make a martyre of him and being accused of the way Hillary said worse than the old dude hang on ...until he realise he is a burden and go away on his own

    November 17, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Mitchell wrote, "The Dems stabbed Joe in the back by supporting Ned Lamont in the primary when Reid himself has said that "Joe votes Dem more than most of his supposed Democrat senators.""

    Yeah – that was because Lamont WON THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY.

    November 17, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. zoya

    Republicans or Hell, thats where Joe dishonest/liar 2 faced belong to!

    November 17, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  15. Matthew

    HAHA! Go, Joe!

    November 17, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. T

    Send Judas back! who needs him? I could never trust him again, and had McCain won, his nose would be covered in Bandini in quest for a spot in his administration. Kick him to the curb! He's an old grey head snake!

    November 17, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. DJCuecontrol

    Barack the Magnanimus

    November 17, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. Alan

    There's a difference between turning the other cheek and letting yourself be abused. Lieberman spit in the face of the Democratic Party. I'm having a hard time finding forgiveness. I think he's shown himself to be a big rat, and when it comes to rats, turning the other cheek isn't a good solution. You don't want a rat in your party, anymore than you want a rat in your house.

    November 17, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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